Imphal: At just 24 years, Parikshit Thoudam from Manipur cracked the prestigious Civil Services Exam 2019 and secured the 373th rank, the results of which were declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Tuesday.
But what is more admiring about this young man, a resident of Uripok Cheirap Maning in Imphal West district, is that he is conscientiously ready to serve the people wholeheartedly through this achievement.
In an exclusive interview with EastMojo on Wednesday, Parikshit said: “We are here to serve the public and we are called civil servants, not civil leaders.”
However, Parikshit, who is an alumnus of Sainik School in Imphal, hasn’t sunk in over his achievement as the result came through somehow as an unexpected gift. This was his second attempt.
“I never expected to get through the exam this time and I am equally surprised to see my rankings. If at all things went all, I was expecting probably in the 700 rankers’ list but 373th rank is a surprise to me,” said Parikshit.
Recalling as to how he started preparing for the UPSC CSE exams, Parikshit informed that it was during his final year of Master’s degree that he began to evolve with new a habit of reading newspapers and digging into general knowledge.
Soon after he completed an integrated Master’s programme for five years from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal in 2018, Parikshit sat for the Civil Services Exam the same year but he couldn’t make it for the prelims.
Born to an educationist’s family, Parikshit felt that one’s goal should not be in terms of time but it should be in terms of topics which have been covered or studied.
“I think it is very wrong to put it in terms of a number of hours to study and measure the study performance based on time. It should be more on the number of subjects or topics that you have covered,” said Parikshit over the phone when asked about the number of hours he put in for studies.
The young lad from Manipur also gave out some very relevant tips for aspirants preparing for the CSE exam and techniques on approach balancing for the three stages.
According to Parikshit, every aspirant must give an equally important to an optional subject just as they gave importance on their mains.
“I recommend every aspirant that optional is like a deal-breaker and we have to give due importance to the optional subject. Even if you have a general understanding if you do not have a deeper understanding and good concept over the optional paper, it is very difficult to write the exam,” he said.
Moreover, one should start preparing the UPSC exam from the personality test. People usually start preparing from prelims onwards, he added.
Parikshit further stated that, for mains, one must have good writing skills to be adequately concisely expressing your opinion and complete the paper on time on the given limited paper. However, for an interview on a personality test, one must be articulate in rationally expressing opinions and convincing to your opinion.
This way of preparation has pretty much worked in my case, he said.
However, amid all the various modules and techniques for preparing the exam, Parikshit firmly believed that self believing, hard work, perseverance and an ability to toil through it regardless of ups and down are some of the biggest traits to achieve the goal in life.
“It is better to control things which you can control and not worried about things which are beyond your control,” he added.
Parikshit’s father, Thoudam Somorendro Singh, works as a physical education teacher at JNV in Kohima, Nagaland and his mother Sagolsem Premabati Devi is a principal of Manipur Public School in Imphal.
This year, two youths from Manipur have made it to the list of the successful candidates of CSE 2019.
Nongjai Mohd Ali Akram Shah from Imphal East district secured the 188th rank.